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'''William Seward Burroughs II''' (; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major Postmodern literature|postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name '''William Lee'''. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual art works, including his celebrated 'Gunshot Paintings'. He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis|St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William...
Birth nameWilliam Seward Burroughs II
Birth date{{birth date|mf=yes|1914|02|05}}
Birth placeSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Death date{{death date and age|mf=yes|1997|08|02|1914|02|05}}
Death placeLawrence, Kansas|Lawrence, Kansas, United States
OccupationAuthor
Alma materHarvard University
PseudonymWilliam Lee
SpouseIlse von Klapper (1937–1946)
Joan Vollmer (1946–1951)
Partner| children = William S. Burroughs Jr.
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